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Creative Writing FAQs

What does a writer look like?
Watch this short video to see the variety of people who have taken our course and found publishing success. Watch now>>>

Six benefits of writing in retirement
Writing is much more than an interesting pastime. Find out some of the great benefits you can gain by writing at any time in life. Read more>>>

Writers who started late in life
You can start to write anytime in life. Read this short article to see that you are never too old to give it a go. Read more>>>

Three tips on how to become a writer!
Read about the three essential things you must do if you want to be a writer. Read more>>>

Six things to think about before you start writing
If you're new to writing this guide will help you start. Read more>>>

Four tips to help you work from home as a freelance writer
Find out whether you could work from home as a freelance writer. Read more>>>

Four great tips to help you start writing a book
This short article tells you what you need to think about before sitting down and writing your book. Read more>>>

Can you make money from home as a freelance writer?
Find out if you could make money from home as a freelance writer. This short article covers what to write about, when to write, where to write, planning your time, who can write and how you can get started. Read more>>>

What is a Freelance Writer?
A freelance writer is a writer who works on a self-employed basis. They can work for just one magazine or, more often, they write for several different publications at a time. The more diverse a writer can be, the more likely they are to be published and paid for their work. Read more>>>

What is a Creative Writing Course?
There are many definitions of what a creative writing course is depending on what the course is aiming to teach you. Some courses will include details on how you can become a freelance writer earning money for your work, either full or part-time. Read more>>>

Who should take a Creative Writing Course?
Anyone who wants to improve their writing craft should take a creative writing course. Maybe you’d like to write a bestseller or you fancy having a column in a national newspaper. Or, perhaps you want to write your childhood memories for your grandchildren to read. Read more>>>

Do I have the qualities needed to be a published writer?
Being a published writer is much like any other job and you need to approach it as such. If you think being a published writer is all about sitting in front of a window gazing out until inspiration hits you, I’m afraid you’ve been mislead. You need to put in as much work as you would with any other job and being a freelance writer means you are wholly responsible for the success of your career. Read more>>>

What qualifications do I need to become a published writer?
The short answer is none! Well, in the formal, traditional sense of qualifications. The only real pre-requisite needed is a love of writing – everything else can be learnt, even the ability to write well. Read more>>>

What skills do I need to become a published writer?
There may not be any pre-requisite formal qualifications for being a writer, but there are a number of skills that it would be useful to have. All of these can be easily learnt so if you lack knowledge in any of them now, don’t worry! Read more>>>

What equipment do I need to start writing?
Luckily, you do not need thousands of pounds worth of equipment to start writing. However, there are some essentials you’ll need to make your life as a writer easier. Read more>>>

Can I become a published writer?
Yes – the beauty of writing is that anyone can do it. All publishers are really interested in is how well you write. Read more>>>

How to study
Choosing to take a course that requires you to set your own hours of study is great – it’s so flexible! However, if you’ve never had to organise your own time before it can be tricky. And, having no deadlines can lead to procrastination. Read more>>>

Tips to help you study effectively
When you are trying to fit your study into your everyday life it is essential that you make the most of the time you have. So, as well as making sure you have a quiet, warm, well lit and comfortable place to study you should also try the following tips to enhance the study process. Read more>>>

The skills to study
When you are trying to fit study in around your full or part-time job it’s essential that you find the most efficient way of learning. It may be that you are already aware of what works for you and, if that’s the case, great! Read more>>>

What can be claimed back from the Inland Revenue?
When working in a self-employed capacity in the UK certain items, directly related to the business, can be claimed back, in part, from the Inland Revenue. Read more>>>

Your guide to finding work online
You’d think that the internet was a great place to find work. And it is, if you know what you’re doing! You do have to exercise caution though, as there are lots of places where you could end up being paid peanuts for your work or, even worse, get scammed! So, how do you find work online? Follow our handy guide and you’ll not go far wrong. Read more>>>


Theresa Gooda Writers Bureau's Student of the Year 2021

“I began my first Writers Bureau course (Comprehensive Creative Writing) in 2007. Having more than covered the course fees from published pieces I have never looked back. Initially my ambitions were to get going. I knew I wanted to be a writer, I just didn’t know how to go about it, or, if I’m honest, quite what I wanted to write. Since, I have gradually blended a teaching career with writing, first with articles and short stories, then increasing the writing commitment dramatically when I secured an agent in 2016 to ghostwrite a series of memoirs. This year I have undertaken The Art of Writing Poetry course to really hone my skills in what I now realise is a genre I love - and have already had my first poems published.”

Theresa Gooda - Writers Bureau Student of the Year 2021

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